This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-07-31 22:00:00 to 2021-09-13 22:00:00. View 90 entries

A Game By Its Cover is an annual game jam about turning the fictional cartridge art of the My Famicase Exhibition into the real thing.


Hey there, Jeremy here. Dom and I have been running #AGBIC for the past seven years as a non-competitive event.

We believe the world is competitive enough as it is, and we want this jam to be as relaxed and fun as possible for everyone involved, especially given the current global situation. This means, like every year, this jam will have no rankings, no competition, no voting or scoring, and no prizes. I hope you will join us in turning these amazing designs into the real deal, but if you can't, that's totally fine too. You are not your productivity! Just wanted to get this out of my system, bye ~ ✨


Our (entirely optional!) theme for this year is:

Use any of these Ten Thousand Statistically Grammar-Average Fake Band Names

How to participate in a socially-distanced world:

  • Step 0: Make sure your mental and physical needs are met to the best of your ability.
  • Step 1: Make whatever you feel like as long as it's loosely inspired by fictional game (cover) art.
  • Step 2: That's it.


Submissions will be open until the end of August (pssst: maybe longer...who knows what might happen).

Browse the exhibition, pick something that inspires you, take your time, chill, and turn it into a game! (it doesn't even have to be a game, anything you think is worth making is fine by us!)

More details / rules / FAQ here.

Also, don't forget to join our Discord and follow us on Twitter: @AGBICjam


Submissions(89)

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a nature experience
Simulation
A third-person Platformer with Light Combat elements.
Platformer
A little puzzle game with a little puzzle twist.
Puzzle
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A puzzle roguelike where you navigate a labyrinth using cards.
Puzzle
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A party-based roguelike deckbuilder
Role Playing
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A young girl out on the open sea, fishing for a leviathan.
Strategy
A chill town builder.
Simulation
Will you be able to find the way out?
Puzzle
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A parable of hope in a time of despair
Puzzle
It's cosmic armageddon time! How many worlds will you destroy?
Action
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Footage of your life from angles you've never seen from someone you never knew.
A relaxing bug catching simulator
Simulation
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When the moon is full, a faint light burns in the highest window - & in the town below, people disappear.
Survival
Fight until dawn in this cute action game!
Action
PS1-Style Horror game made in a week for the A Game By It's Cover 2021 Jam
Survival
wander through a library made out of dioramas dreaming of a different world
Interactive Fiction
The metroidvania of the year, or the decade, or the entire human history even
You try to play a cartridge but...
Adventure
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Robotic Demolition Chaos! Delete the Past to build the City of the Future!
Action
the room is open. an exit has appeared. the abyss leaks. what lies outside this folder?
Adventure
Reproduce patterns on Blocks to make Spells !
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It's complicated
Puzzle
A plover adventure! Exclusively done on foot!
Visual Novel
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blend colors, connect lines, create flowers
Puzzle
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"Cult Adorable" is a cute game about a cute cult
Role Playing
Small game a
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Casual desktop garden builder
Strategy
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Puzzle your way between life and death.
Platformer
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a heartwarming story about a father-son fishing trip
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Direct Cats in the Art of Dance!
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Drive around and feed people with great cooking!
Simulation
An AGBIC game about bees
Action
Platformer
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Get rich and earn Famicoin by playing retro video games! But at what cost?
Recover and record.
Interactive Fiction
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When the moon is full, a faint light burns in the highest window — and in the town below, people disappear.
Adventure
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Flower's on the way!
Racing
Swift platformer with fast moves, crispy visuals and a catchy soundtrack. Make your way to the end of a nasty temple.
Platformer
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One spooky PSX sandbox with three worlds to explore
Simulation
Keep the beach clear, but don't get squashed!
Puzzle
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A small game where you decide how the heroes rest and recover from daily adventures.
Role Playing
A fast-paced playing card game of tag
Experience lowrez pixel art in a tiny game
Puzzle
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Jump, dash and slam through a world of desserts
Platformer
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you turn the game on, but nothing happens. you don’t feel any different.
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A quiet day at Goosepebble Pond with your Pops.
Simulation
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A hacking puzzle game.
Puzzle
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​You have been fighting monsters and exploring dungeons, now its time to stop for a -short rest-​.
Role Playing
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a bitsy game about a beleaguered archaeologist's weird day at the office
Visual Novel
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Deliver objects around the world!
Simulation
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Copyright by Yatendo
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NES-Game
Platformer
"A cute otaku bunny girl flies on her magic sword through the skies, fighting for all bunny girl fans in the world!"
Action
A relaxation simulator
Enjoy a peaceful day on the lake with your dad. Catch a big fish or just bond over a beer. The choice is yours
Escape the dream labyrinth with nothing but cards to move you!
Strategy
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Restore peace to Dracula's cemetery
Action
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Slay Snake in this exhilarating arcade game!
Action
A contemplative gondlola trip theough the submerged remains of the worlds largest city.
Survival
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A fun but frustrating shoot em up rhythm game!
Rhythm
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Simulation
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Journey inside the remains of Giant monster searching for treasure. Beware of what lurks within!
Platformer
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Deliver some packages for your beloved company
Special thanks to @Kleingeld_ on twitter for designing the cartridge that inspired Zon
A 1-Bit Short Platformer
Platformer
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A short story about a relaxing fishing trip
Interactive Fiction
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Simple procedural game about delivering packages and avoiding ghosts
Adventure
Endless Runner-style game where you pilot an airliner through Hell.
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Text-based adventure anthology
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An initital prototype
Adventure
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Tear down the city and reclaim nature!
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2021 CGDC Speedgame Hard Mode Entry
Action
This Is A Snake Game Where You Have To Get Different Types Of Gems To Get Points Press W A S D To Move The Snake
Platformer
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A shoutout to cats, night time, and "me" time
Rhythm
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A magical girl rpg of plushies and cosplay
Strategy
*This is a placeholder*
Action
The Stars have stories. Are you listening, Archivist?
Simulation
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impossible architectures
An epic tactics game
Can you catch all the imps?
Rhythm
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smol game about picking up hitch-hikers in the desert
Adventure